As this situation is changing rapidly, the information on this page may occasionally be out of date. We will update the FAQ as quickly as possible. Please check back for the latest information.

Table of Contents:

Academic FAQ          Building FAQ          Career FAQ

Health FAQ          Financial FAQ          Student Services         Parking Info

ACADEMIC FAQ

1) When does the fall 2020 semester begin?

Classes for the School of Law and the Brown School will begin on August 24, 2020. All other schools on the Danforth campus will start on Monday, September 14. For the complete WashULaw academic calendar, please click here.

2) How does the university plan to have a fall semester safely?

You can find detailed information about the university’s COVID-19 Response Plan here.

3) Will classes be in-person or online?

All classes will be offered online, thereby enabling all students to join our community remotely. A few small enrollment classes will taught with simultaneous in-person and remote instruction, allowing students who prefer to be in the building to join in a physically-distanced setting.

4) How will in-person classes remain in compliance with current health guidelines?

We will practice physical distancing and adhere to other health/safety protocols throughout the law school. These will include:

  • Requiring faculty and students to maintain a distance of at least six feet apart from one another and wear face masks/coverings.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning protocols and changes to foot-traffic flow in the building to support health and safety.
  • Preparing faculty to eliminate any on-campus classes in the event that health and safety experts advise us to adjust our plans.
  • Posting necessary signage across the building as reminders of these directives.

We will continue to prioritize your health and the health of our community, as well as closely track health data as it becomes available.

5) Will there be a fall break during the upcoming semester?

We will not have a fall break, as experts advise against travel during the semester to avoid increased health challenges.

6) Are law students required to stay in St. Louis for the fall semester?

No. Given that classes will be available online, students may choose to return to St. Louis or remain at home.

7) Will online or hybrid classes function the same way they would in-person?

Your professors may vary in terms of how they teach their classes, and each will share this information with the class. Most professors will use Zoom, which will allow them to share PowerPoints and presentations.

8) Will the online class format affect our degree or bar exam eligibility?

No. The American Bar Association has granted WashULaw a waiver to its requirements to that JD students still meet the educational requirements to sit for a bar examination.

9) How will exams be administered for the fall semester and what will the format be?

Exams, including exams with multiple-choice questions, will all be administered online using Exam 4 software. The registrar’s office has detailed instructions on how to take and prepare for exams remotely. For any additional questions or special accommodations you may require, please reach out to Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh.

10) How will classes be graded for the fall 2020 semester?

Courses will be graded in accordance with the Law School’s standard grading protocols.  The credit/no credit grading system implemented during the spring 2020 semester was a temporary change prompted by the need to quickly shift to online instruction given the unprecedented and unexpected disruptions caused by COVID-19.

11) Is the bookstore open to purchase books?

See the Book Store page for more details.

12) How can we set up study groups with other students?

Zoom works well for this purpose. You are encouraged to connect with your fellow students as much as possible.  If you need assistance with this, please contact Laura McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation.

13) How will student visas be impacted during this time?

For any questions regarding visas, please contact International and Graduate Program Coordinator Rachael Johnson.

14) Are research assistants permitted access to campus to complete their work?

Research assistants should contact the professor for whom they work to discuss how and when to complete their duties.

15) What should I do if I need to submit bar application forms?

Law school mail access is currently disrupted, so please send all bar forms to Vivian Ward as email attachments.

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BUILDING FAQ

1) Who is permitted to enter Anheuser-Busch Hall?

Starting Monday October 12, all law students who have taken the WashU COVID Test or who have received an exemption will have 24/7 access to AB Hall.  Law school faculty and staff can also enter AB Hall with keycard access. Our reopening is based on good health data; should the data change negatively, we would have to limit access again.

Please note:

  • You must still complete and pass your daily self-screening prior to coming to campus at any time.
  • You may access the law library with your ID card through the entrance on the 4th floor by the spiral staircase.
  • You may access Crowder Courtyard with your ID through the diagonal doors in the corner by room 305.
  • Building use is still limited to classes and individual study. Group meetings are not permitted.
  • You must still wear a mask and abide by university-mandated social distancing protocols.

2) Will the law library remain open to the law school community?

Yes. For any other library-related questions, please contact Associate Dean Joyce McCray Pearson.

3) Are there any on-campus food services open?

See the Dining Services website for details on dining options on campus.

4) Is the Sumers Recreation Center open and available for student use?

See the Sumers Recreation Center website for details.

5) Will the campus be accessible via keycard access only, or will buildings be open to the public?

Many buildings will be available by keycard/ID only; the buildings will not be open to the public.

6) Will A-B Hall be available for student meetings and group study?

No. A-B Hall will only be available for class meetings and individual study.  Students should use Zoom or other platforms for study groups and meetings.

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CAREER FAQ

1) Should I be working with the Career Center if I already have a job?

Yes. In fact, it is more important than ever to take advantage of the professional development resources available to you. Please call, email, or log in to Symplicity to schedule a meeting with the Career Center. WashULaw’s Career Center will still host all big table discussions, boot camps, interviews, mock interviews, and more, primarily on Zoom.

2) How long will we have access to the Career Center after graduation?

As part of the WashULaw community, you will have access to career services as long as you wish.

3) What is the best way to connect with the Career Center?

You can easily call, email or schedule a meeting with the Career Center at any time.

4) Who should I contact if I have ideas for the Career Center?

As always, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. We are in uncharted territory, and your input is especially important as we partner with you during these extraordinary circumstances. Please reach out to Associate Dean Kati Scannell at any time.

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HEALTH FAQ

1) Are masks required in the building?

Yes. All members of our community must wear a mask while on WashU campus and inside any building – including both Law School buildings. Masks must also be worn outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

2) Are masks available for students?

Yes. Every student will be provided with a Welcome Kit that will include a reusable cloth mask and several disposable masks. Details on distribution will be provided via email. A limited number of additional masks will be available throughout the semester.

3) Where are hand sanitizers located in the building?

Hand sanitizing stations are located at every entrance and in other high-use areas of the building.

4) What do I do if someone is in the law school and not following the guidelines?

As a community, we will rely on each other and an atmosphere of care and responsibility to support the public health protocols. If someone is in the Law School buildings and failing to comply with the Public Health Protocol you should contact the Office of Student Life.

5) Should I wear gloves in the building?

No. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when washing hands is not practicable.  Health experts advise against wearing of gloves at this time. If you are wearing gloves and you touch something that has virus on it, it can transfer to your gloves. If you then touch your face, you are just using your gloves to transfer the virus from a source to your face.

6) Will I be screened when I enter the building?

Every person must complete the Self-Screening Tool available at screening.wustl.edu before every visit to campus. Note that the self-screening includes taking your temperature.  A thermometer has been included in your welcome kits. A Law School Health Advocate will be stationed at the building entrance at the beginning of the semester to confirm that you have completed your daily self-screening. Anyone who does not pass the screening cannot come to campus. You will receive further directions from Habif Health and Wellness Center if you do not pass the screening.

7) What do I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, do not come to campus. Students should contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (314-935-6666), faculty and staff should contact the university’s Occupational Health Services for instructions on possible testing and medical resources. If you need assistance regarding class attendance and related academic issues, contact the Office of Student Life at the Law School.

8) What if I am at the law school and develop or recognize symptoms?

Our first concern is your health and that of the others in our community. If you are at the Law School (or elsewhere on campus) and develop symptoms you should leave the campus immediately Students should contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (314-935-6666), faculty and staff should contact the university’s Occupational Health Services for instructions on possible testing and medical resources. For assistance from the law school, contact the Office of Student Life.

9) Where can I get tested?

Students should contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (314-935-6666), faculty and staff should contact the university’s Occupational Health Services for information.

10) Will we be notified if someone in the law school community who is on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

Habif Student Health and Wellness Center and Occupational Health will handle case management for anyone on campus who tests positive. They will notify members of the community if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

11) What accommodations are available in case a student falls ill?

Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh. The Office of Student Life will provide accommodations for students on a case-by-case basis.

12) What is the procedure for a student who falls ill or has a sick family member and needs to take a leave of absence? Would the student’s scholarship be jeopardized?

No. In this case, the student’s scholarship would not be jeopardized, as scholarships are guaranteed for six semesters. Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh with additional questions.

13) How long does student health insurance extend for the Class of 2020?

Student health insurance plans are available to graduating students through July 31, 2020. Students can also extend their plans if they wish. While students are normally expected to receive health services on campus before seeking treatment elsewhere, this protocol is waived for students located 50 miles or more outside of St. Louis.

14) Is treatment for COVID-19 covered by student health insurance plans?

For specific information about what is included in your health insurance plan, please contact studentinsurance@wustl.edu.

15) How will mental health services be provided to students, particularly during this time of high stress?

The Habif Health and Wellness Center will remain open for student use, but with modified hours and services. Beginning Monday, March 23, the clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center will also be suspending routine healthcare, such as allergy shots, non-critical immunizations, physical exams, and well-women exams. For additional questions, please contact the Center via its website or by phone at 314-935-6666.

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FINANCIAL FAQ

1) Will the university offer student refunds for campus cards that still have a balance?

Per the Campus Card Services website, the university is currently reviewing Bear Bucks accounts. Although the university is not offering refunds at this time, Campus Card Services is working on a solution to this issue for graduating seniors. Note that Bear Bucks do transfer from semester to semester.

2) Is there financial aid or assistance available for students who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?

Students with questions on this matter are encouraged to reach out to Carrie Burns, Director of Financial Aid and Student Life.

3) Will any additional financial assistance be available to students who have different needs due to the pandemic?

For students and families whose financial situations have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the law school Financial Aid Office is available to discuss assistance that may be available. The university also has reestablished a Crisis Response Fund, which will open for applications from Washington University undergraduate, graduate and professional students on September 1, 2020. Expenses for unexpected emergency costs in the following categories will be eligible for support: housing, utilities, groceries, medicine and unreimbursed co-pays for physical or mental health services. All students will receive an email notification with additional details and instructions on how to apply when the Fund opens.

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STUDENT SERVICES

1) What accommodations are available in case a student falls ill?

Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh. The Office of Student Life will provide accommodations for students on a case-by-case basis.  Depending upon the student’s individual circumstances, accommodations could include:

  • Taking a few days off
  • Taking a few weeks off
  • Taking a reduced course load
  • Receiving extensions on exams or papers
  • Taking a leave of absence

2) What is the procedure for a student who falls ill or has a sick family member and needs to take a leave of absence? Would the student’s scholarship be jeopardized?

No. In this case, the student’s scholarship would not be jeopardized, as scholarships are guaranteed for six semesters. Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh with additional questions.

3) How will mental and physical health services be provided to students, particularly during this time of high stress?

The Medical Clinic at the Habif Health and Wellness Center is open for routine health care Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Students can book appointments by calling 314-935-6677.  After hours, students can call 314-935-6666 and follow the prompts to connect with the Nurse Advice Line.

Habif is offering brief mental health check-ins and consultation over the phone and telemental health visits via Zoom to students who meet their criteria.  For additional questions and information, visit Habif’s website.

Quadrangle Pharmacy is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Students who need to transfer prescriptions should call 314-935-6662 during normal business hours.

4) Is there financial aid or assistance available for students who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?

Students with questions on this matter are encouraged to reach out to Carrie Burns, Director of Financial Aid and Student Life.

5) Will student organizations hold meetings and programs?

Yes.  The Office of Student Life will work with the Student Bar Association to support student organizations in planning robust virtual programming.  Student group meetings and events must be held virtually, both on and off-campus.

6) Will the WashULaw Administrative Office be open?

Administrative offices will be open virtually.  Each office will provide instructions for connecting virtually.

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Parking Info

1) What are the current rules for parking?

See the university’s parking website for information.

 

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